Matt Henshaw here recommending again, up in Nottingham and feeling like I should share, spread and sincerely sprinkle out some love because it feels like the right thing to do. I’ve already suggested this week that you check out the hip-hop vocal trickery of Mr MotorMouf, and the upbeat soulful indie noise of Three Girl Rhumba. And last night I had the great pleasure of catching up with Miss Joy Mumford. Genuinely wonderful, beautiful and incredible and a great credit to the fair city of Nottingham.
It was nice to chat and catch up with Joy in Rescue Rooms last night, a place I realised I’d not been in for almost 6 years ! And then when she took to the stage I instantly wanted to put her together with my good friend Mahalia but aside from the delicate soulful lilt in her performance and style there’s something more mature about what she does, and it only comes with having a few more years on her side. A real Tina Turner experienced way with her natural ability on the stage.
The band of Matt, Glenn and Simeon were really kicking too. Expertly slipping into song after song and tight as any band I’ve seen, they could easily slot in behind Joy, Mahalia or Beyonce, and I’m a man who’s not ashamed to say I went to see Beyonce last year, and it was quite the show. Groovy bass lines, not a single beat missed on the drums, and Matt is a whizz with a pedal box armed with a Gretsch and a tele, he knows what he is doing. Very smooth !
And, and, and, her debut EP is called ‘Cake & Tea’, she definitely ticks every single box as far as I’m concerned, and I see a lot of other artists floating the country as I do, and I like a lot, but I genuinely could listen to Joy all night and look forward to seeing her on some big stages, she’ll definitely be heading down to Leicester to play at Matt Henshaw’s Rhythm & Gospel Cavalcade before the year is out, that’s for sure !
Spread The Love !
Peace, Love & Tea, MHx
And here’s a picture that I took of her whilst she was workin’ on doin’ her thing ! Spellbinding !!
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